The TR Podcast 90: Retro gaming and future Fusion

The Tech Report Podcast Date: June 26, 2011

Time: 1:25:00

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes

After answering two listener mail questions, we walk down memory lane as our editors recall their first encounters with id Software’s Quake, a game that has just recently celebrated it’s 15th anniversary. On the topic of gaming nostalgia, we question whether or not the newly released Duke Nukem Forever lives up to its 15-year-old predecessor. Then, based on a recent TR Friday Night Topic, we round out our gaming discussion by reveling in some of our favorite video game scores.

We spend the second half of this show diving deep into AMD’s new Llano accelerated processing unit. Scott and Geoff examine the hardware and its performance, giving everyone the low-down on how AMD’s latest bid for mobile processor dominance fairs.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. –

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Listener mail:

The pronunciation of Llano? – from Jim – (0:01:06):

“You guys all seemed to be pronouncing it LAN-O instead of “lah-noh” or the spanish “yah-naw” (Which is actually the more coming use in the southwest US which has an area called the Llano Estcado). It appears AMD is going with the “lah-noh” pronouncing as seen here: I hate people who are technical (I can’t spell for crap) but I wanted to I say something because I get pretty embarrassed being in meetings when I find out I have been saying a new technology’s name wrong for 6 months an no one told me until then. Like the podcast a lot!”

Best GPU for $200? – from Craig – (0:04:22):

“I’m looking to buy a new video card for my PC soon, but with all the different versions of the same GPUs I’m wondering what the best move is. I’m interested in overclocking my GPU, but I don’t know if I should just get a stock-clocked card with a decent cooler, or a factory overclocked one. In your experience, do the factory overclocked cards come with enough additional OC headroom to justify the extra price? FYI, my budget is around $200 after rebates, so I’m looking at the GTX 560 and some of the lower priced 560 Ti’s. From what I’ve seen the Nvidia cards look like they overclock better, but if there are any Radeons in that price range that are good overclockers, I’d love to hear it as well.”

Tech discussion:

    15th Quake-iversary triggers a bundle of memories, nerve fibers (0:10:08)- Read more

    Lipstick on a pigcop: My take on Duke Nukem Forever (0:22:56)- Read more

    Friday night topic: video game theme music (0:34:53)- Read more

    AMD’s A8-3500M Fusion APU (0:42:29)- Read more

That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

Comments closed
    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Best GPU for $200? - from Craig[/quote<] DO NOT buy MSI Twin Frozr, i've seen alot of horror stories with those card, the problem is that they don't have any cooling for the VRM and many of them failed. Yes the GPU temps are good and the noise is low but you're risking the cards survival long term if you overclock the Twin Frozr, even as is those cards broke down. Better go with Asus or just buy a standard reference card and buy a good aftermarket cooler. If you go down this path choose a brand that allows you to install aftermarket coolers without losing the warranty = EVGA!

    • clone
    • 8 years ago

    would it be a big issue to link the Tech Report podcast so that once launched it separates from the page, it’s happened in the past and 2X now in the past 10 minutes I made the mistake of reading what else is on the page and when I click on a link I lose the podcast and have to restart and find where I was.

    yes, yes I know and I typically do open a second page that I do my surfing on but was just wondering if it’s not too much trouble, something like ThisAmericanLife’s way of doing it where an independent app launches in a small box that goes ignored until shut off later.

      • jdrake
      • 8 years ago

      This is a good idea – I’ll see if we can work something up for this!

    • blorbic5
    • 8 years ago

    lan-o, lania… they should have just called it Lando, probably would have made it faster too.

    • glynor
    • 8 years ago

    Nice job editing in the game audio, Jordan. I appreciated it.

      • jdrake
      • 8 years ago


    • DropChris
    • 8 years ago

    Listening right now, and wow, it must have taken forever to find and spice in all the game tunes. Nice work.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 8 years ago

    I pronounce it Lania.

    • bluepiranha
    • 8 years ago

    Where I come from (the Philippines), we’d pronounce it as “LYA-NO” – as almost everything with two l’s in the name does.

    Nice question though.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    Marketing drones, trolling customers with silly brand names and pronunciations since the beginning of time. 😉

    • riquee
    • 8 years ago

    LAN-O, it’s LAN-O.

    -lifetime Texan

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      I don’t think you’ve clarified much.

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    Good discussion on Llano and Ronald McDonald 🙂

    However, I was a little surprised that there was no discussion about AMD’s AFDS event. For example, stories such as [url<][/url<] and [url<][/url<] could have been nice topics to touch on.

    • Silus
    • 8 years ago

    What a pointless subject to discuss. How to pronounce the name of some chip…Discuss the tech behind it, how it performs, etc, but definitely not how the name is pronounced…

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 8 years ago

      How about you listen to the podcast?

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      They talked about the tech/performance for probably 45 minutes. Half of the entire podcast was about it. It’s kind of hard to miss..

    • jstern
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve always pronounced it yano without ever giving it any thought.

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